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Replaceable Friday: Existential Mets Philosophy. Preseason NFL Ruminations

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FLUSHING, QUEENS: To believe or not to believe that is the question Met fans? Do we go with Tug McGraw’s “Ya Gotta Believe” is it “Once Bitten Twice Shy?” Ironically that was written by the band Great White before they burned on stage in a bizarre pyrotechnics mishap. Will the Metropolitans face a similar fate? […]

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Replaceable Friday: MLB Trade Deadline or how the NY Mets will s— the bed once again

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PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA So the call comes in last night… its the chief…uhh Different Matt is on a plane to Iceland, can you do the column? Some charmed life my fellow pundits live, jetting off to Reykjavik on the drop off a hat. Concording to Paris to watch a soccer match. How quaint it must be. […]

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Replaceable Friday: Is it Time To End Extra Inning Games?

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EXHAUSTION, USA – Full disclosure: I did not stay up to watch the entirety of the Mets 16-inning debacle/loss to the San Francisco Giants because I passed out before the ninth inning was complete. But I sensed it was going to be a marathon – a battle of attrition  – and maybe something that needs […]

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Replaceable Friday: A Column for the Blind – And NY Sports Fans

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GARDEN STATE – For this week’s column I’d like to start off with a little ditty: Replacement Matt-y, Writing a column that no one will read, Why does he plead? Anyway… Here is my column on a day when everyone is recovering from their 4th of July revelations and not a one will look at […]

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NBA Draft Recap, NHL Draft Preview, Mets Exhume Body of New Pitching Coach

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OUTER RING, SATURN – So the USWNT won again, moving to the knockout round undefeated and now Angry Ward gets his wish to see them in Paris. You see wishes really do come true! With this spirit of optimism I will recap the excitement of today’s sports headlines. The NBA draft will be done by […]

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Replacement Matt: The Folks Behind Homeplate. #MLB Reality Show

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TORNADO, KS – As the viewing screens we absorb sports in grow larger and higher in definition, I find that rather than highlighting the game it instead creates more distractions. Your eye starts to wander to places not part of the action. No where is this more prevalent than in baseball. There is so much […]

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Replaceable Friday: Nobody Cares About Your Fantasy Team.

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UNIVERSAL STUDIOS E-WALK – As I lick my wounds and brace for more disappointment from my teams, I’d like to continue the trend of talking about sports in the abstract and big picture, rather than dwell on more sorrow and ineptitude from the hometown NY boys. Today, I’d like to discuss something that has been […]

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Replacement Fridays: Can’t Miss Guys Who Never Were

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LAS CRUCES, NM – The hype around the NFL Draft, which has now taken on the stylings of a Mardi Gras celebration – except no girls flashing their boobies – just dudes chugging beers holding signs and talking endlessly about their fantasy teams, has me thinking about those hyped prospects and draft picks who seemed […]

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Replacement Matt: Will The Nets Ever Have Fans? Will They Replace The Knicks?

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SUBURBIA, NJ – We are in the midst of perhaps the most exciting time of the year in sports; the NBA and NHL Playoffs are fully underway and MLB is beginning to hit a stride and reveal the haves and have-nots. The ponies are gearing up for the Triple Crown events, at least the ones […]

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Replacement Matt Friday: What’s Your Walk-Up Song?

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SALT MINES, SIBERIA – Much like our esteemed colleague Ben Whitney, my subject this week will be inspired by Elvis Andrus’ curious choice of walk up song, the kids favorite, Baby Shark. I believe he made this choice like anyone who gets a song stuck in their head and then tells someone else about it […]

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